When I was a very young boy of 20 years old - I was trained in the making of medical instruments. I made machines and devices to measure the functions of the body. Naturally this work required extreme precision. When I finished the training I was directly offered a job. Looking upon my elder colleagues in the physiological laboratory in Leiden, I saw my whole life before me. I decided I that I was unwilling to grow old there. I HAD to get away - and it was urgent that I find a way out. Finally I figured out that I wanted to go to art school. I collected brochures from every school in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. It made sense for me to pursue jewellery because in scale and precision it was close to what I had mastered during my training. I decided to go to the Rietveld Acadamie and was accepted.